Don't Say No (Remastered) Billy Squier

Album info

Album-Release:
1981

HRA-Release:
12.05.2014

Label: Capitol Records

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Classic Rock

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  • 1In The Dark04:10
  • 2The Stroke03:37
  • 3My Kinda Lover03:33
  • 4You Know What I Like02:57
  • 5Too Daze Gone04:04
  • 6Lonely Is The Night04:41
  • 7Whadda You Want From Me03:45
  • 8Nobody Knows04:17
  • 9I Need You03:52
  • 10Don't Say No03:21
  • Total Runtime38:17

Info for Don't Say No (Remastered)

Billy Squier’s landmark 1981 album, „Don t Say No“, included the mega-hits The Stroke, My Kinda Lover, and In the Dark and laid the groundwork for the success of such crossover hard-rock/metal acts as Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. His most critically acclaimed album, it reached #5 on Billboard s album chart and went on to sell over 3 million copies in the U.S.

Before becoming a solo superstar, Billy Squier had done time in Piper, a Cheap Trick-like 1970s band that split the difference between hard rock and power pop. Some of that sensibility still informs his second solo album and mainstream breakthrough, „Don't Say No“.

While the gargantuan guitar riffs and drum beats are clearly indebted to Led Zeppelin, and Squier's vocal style finds a middle ground between Robert Plant and Freddie Mercury, all the excess of Zeppelin and Queen is mercilessly sliced away, leaving lean, concise pop hooks that drive the record's turbo-charged heavy-rock attack. The energy level almost never lets up, as Squier and his band careen from one breathlessly infectious-yet-diamond-hard track to the next. 'Nobody Knows,' one of the only down-tempo moments, reveals a Beatles influence that underscores Squier's pop roots. But it's the sledgehammer groove of 'The Stroke' and the AOR nirvana of 'In the Dark' that made this album a centerpiece of rock radio in the era when what we now regard as 'classic rock' was drawing its last breath, just before giving way to New Wave.

Billy Squier, vocals, guitar, piano, percussion
Cary Sharaf, guitar
Alan St. Jon, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals
Mark Clarke, bass, background vocals
Bobby Chouinard, drums

Recorded at The Power Station, New York, New York and Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
Produced by Jeff Palo and Billy Squier

Digitally remastered


Billy Squier
12 May 1950, Boston, USA. Having gained valuable experience as guitarist in the power-pop group Sidewinders, Squier, who had also appeared in the less celebrated Magic Terry And The Universe, formed his own band under the name of Piper and recorded two albums for A&M Records during the late 70s. He dissolved Piper in 1979 and signed a solo contract with Capitol Records. Tale Of The Tape was released the following year and helped to establish Squier’s reputation as a sophisticated and talented songwriter and guitarist. Drawing inspiration from Led Zeppelin, Queen, Fleetwood Mac and Genesis among others, he has continued to release quality albums of hard rock/pop crossover material. In the UK Squier has largely been ignored, even though he toured with Whitesnake in 1981 and played the Reading Festival. The story in the USA is entirely different. There he has enjoyed major successes with Don’t Say No and Emotions In Motion, both of which made number 5 in the Billboard album chart. The former also produced hit singles in ‘The Stroke’ and ‘My Kinda Lover’. By the time he released his eighth studio album, Tell The Truth, in 1993, Squier could reflect on worldwide sales of over 11 million records. He had a lower profile by the end of the decade, allowing him to indulge himself with Happy Blue, an album which celebrated his long-standing love for the blues. (Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music)

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